Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall had a few choice words for former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday as he joked on social media with fans.

Mendenhall sparked the discussion when he posted a photo of himself from practice in a tweet that read, «Earned my stripes.» When a fan asked what he was talking about, the former running back posted a photo of a Steelers Super Bowl ring.

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Rashard Mendenhall, #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, looks on from the sideline during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 18, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
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He then tweeted a photo of Roethlisberger.

«If @_BigBen7 is the ‘leader’ you say he is, why hasn’t HE taken credit for the fall?» Mendenhall wrote. «What manager of a company HIDES in the shadows when the results come in? We win is him, we lose is me… or Tomlin huh…»

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It is not clear which «fall» Mendenhall was talking about. The team missed the playoffs this season after salvaging a 9-8 record and nearly making the postseason. Pittsburgh made the playoffs in 2020 and 2021 and eight times since the 2010 season began.

  Rashard Mendenhall, #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is congratulated by teammate Ben Roethlisberger, #7, after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh .

Rashard Mendenhall, #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is congratulated by teammate Ben Roethlisberger, #7, after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh .
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Mendenhall was a rookie in 2008 when the team won its first Super Bowl under Mike Tomlin. He played four games in his rookie season and his year was cut short by a broken shoulder.

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Rashard Mendenhall, #28 of the Arizona Cardinals, warming up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rashard Mendenhall, #28 of the Arizona Cardinals, warming up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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He played five seasons with the Steelers, rushing for over 1,000 yards twice. He also spent a year with the Arizona Cardinals. In 72 career games, he’s tallied 4,236 yards and 37 touchdowns.

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